April 6, 2011 Subject:
INNER SANCTUM: ONE OF OTR RADIO'S BEST !
The "Inner Sanctum" Series was one of Golden Age Radio's longest-running and ULTIMATE BEST Mystery Programs. Period.
One of my Personal Favorites is available here: "DEATH OF A DOLL" starring Mason Adams (One of the all-time best Radio/TV/Movie Performers), Ted Osborne, and, Santos Ortega (Another of OTR's most versitle Actor's).
I first heard the show many years ago...and was haunted by its storyline so much that I tried to find an authentic reference to "Karanana" as used in the plot.
Want the full effect of "Death Of A Doll", or just about ANY "Inner Sanctum" Show ? Listen to them at night, in a darkend room, concentrate on the story, the actors, the sound effects, the organ "stabs" (By Organist Rosa Rio)...and of course "Raymond" and that there SQUEEKING DOOR ! You see "Inner Sanctum" was as much about atmosphere as it was about acting !
Pleasant Dreams...hmmmm ? !
PS: "Raymond" in these later years of "Inner Sanctum" is Paul McGrath. And, as an interesting piece of History, BOTH Paul McGrath AND Ted Osborne were each featured in at least one "Charlie Chan" Film with Sydney Toler.